MotoGP: Is Enea Bastianini replacing Johann Zarco?

Published on September 11, 2020
By Short Shift News

Moto2 championship contender Enea Bastanini could be on for a move into the premier class, Reale Avintia Racing Sporting Director, Ruben Xaus, confirms.

During the second free practice session, Ruben Xaus confirmed that Johann Zarco will leave the Avintia team at the end of the 2020 season. Zarco, who we knew was leaving the Ducati squad, is looking “99%” likely to be replaced by current Italtrans rider, Enea Bastianini.

The announcement confirms that Johann Zarco will be either drafted into the Pramac Racing team to replace Francesco Bagnaia alongside the rumoured to be confirmed Jorge Martin, while Bagnaia will remain alongside Jack Miller in the factory Ducati team.

Zarco has a second option. The Frenchman could replace Andrea Dovizioso in the factory Ducati camp. The former double Moto2 champion has proved his worth aboard the Bologna Bullet, currently lying 12th in the championship standings.

The move to the premier class would see Bastianini sign for Ducati, not Avintia, much like Zarco’s 2020 contract.

The details are still yet to be announced with questions regarding machinery currently to be negotiated. We have seen in the past riders get the latest spec machinery along with factory support.

Bastianini currently sits second in the Moto2 World Championship, with two wins to his name and only eight points adrift of Luca Marini. The Italian has also had a strong start to his career finishing inside the top three overall on a number of occasions.

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